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Local Matters (excerpts)

-The public schools are closed until further notice on account of the influenza epidemic. It is noticeable that the school children are not running about in droves on the streets during the unscheduled holiday which would seem to indicate that their parents are keeping the youngsters at home and away from possible sources of contagion, though measles and the grip have a lot of victims among those of school age. The various churches and Sunday schools of the village were also closed Sunday.

-The present epidemic of influenza is keeping a few available doctors on the jump day and night. With Dr. Leary and Dr. Messer both unable to practice, the two remaining Turners Falls physicians are unable to respond to all demands made for their services. The Farren hospital corps of nurses has been badly crippled by the disease- though the situation there is improving. Everybody is praying for better weather, when it is thought the cases of illness will diminish.

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The same day that the Greenfield, Massachusetts newspaper reported on the effects influenza epidemic in the neighboring town of Turners Falls, the town's newspaper included this short article. It states that the schools and churches are closed and that it is very noticeable that children are not out playing. This indicated that they were being kept at home, away from other people. The article also comments about the effect of the epidemic on the local doctors, nurses and hospital and that everyone is hoping for better weather so the illness would subside.


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Excerpts from "Local Matters" column regarding influenza from the Turners Falls Reporter newspaper

publisher   Turners Falls Reporter
date   Oct 2, 1918
location   Turners Falls, Massachusetts
width   1.75"
height   2.75"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L08.043

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